Pienaar battling headaches

2011-02-08 14:15

Rustenburg - South Africa midfielder Steven Pienaar is suffering headaches after being knocked unconscious during training but should be fit to face Kenya in a friendly, he said on the eve of Wednesday's match.

Pienaar clashed heads with compatriot Bongani Khumalo when both players went for a high ball during training last week at their English club Tottenham Hotspur.

"It's funny because the headaches go away and then they come again. I'm still taking some tablets," Pienaar said on Tuesday.

Pienaar trained on Monday and Tuesday and said he was available to play against Kenya at Rustenburg's Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday.

The midfielder joined Tottenham from fellow Premier League club Everton during last month's transfer window and said he was looking forward to the prospect of a return to Champions League action.

He last played in Europe's top club competition at Dutch club Ajax five years ago and is hoping to feature next week when Spurs travel to AC Milan in their last-16 first leg match.

"I'm looking forward to every game, also the Champions League. It's every player's wish to compete there at the highest level and to have that opportunity at the age of 28, I consider it an honour," he said.

"The move is something new, it's a new club, a new city. You have to get used to your surroundings.

"Time will tell if I made the right move, for me it's a challenge, that's why you play football, for the challenges. You have to take risks and that's the risk I took."


  • kingswing69 - 2011-02-08 15:06

    its called concussion dumb ass

  • Chief Belebe - 2011-02-08 15:13

    No wonder he's having terrible headaches now and again having important Champions matches in view. Let me just put it in simple and straight terms, the guy does not want to be disturbed now that he's playing for Spurs who are also playing in the Champions league. When did the headaches started? I seeee...probably he felt this headache when he missed a sitter on weekend playing against Bolton Wanderers, huh? I dont mind stating that you wouldn't be available after all its a friendly but please stop coming up with lame excuses cos i for one saw you playing on weekend and i saw no problem with your so-to-say head injuries. Please dont start now like others i dont want to mention their names when it comes to National duty ok!

      lucien.langenhoven - 2011-02-09 13:27

      hey dumbo... R u an idiot or just plain stupid... Pienaar is far more talented and commited to not want to play football, he plays almost any game and every game he can... National duty, club duty, to him football is the love of the game... I think you just jealous Tiko isn't playing (get it in your head, he plays K@K)or wait it's becasue u an idiot... maybe both... what's wrong with you people...

  • nangamso1 - 2011-02-08 15:22

    africans are more strong than whities.

      Sourboner - 2011-02-08 15:45

      No brain = no headache

      Jim - 2011-02-08 15:58

      Do you think Pienaar is white,you thick Af.

      Haas Das - 2011-02-09 14:53

      What an absolute muppet, go back to your cave

  • BlackSwan - 2011-02-08 15:41

    must be drain bamage or a cracked brain - only an op will help

  • muzaidh - 2011-02-08 17:57

    You people suck ass. Pienaar is a star, and sour grape South Africans cannot handle it. He made it, you didn't, live with it.

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